Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 81% Synchronic (2020) While it offers some gripping and/or darkly beautiful images, it's ultimately more about ideas than spectacle. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) A deliciously unstable comedy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 98% Spontaneous (2020) A movie that remains hypnotic and confident even when it starts to meander, repeating variations of the same situation. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/4 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) A rich and rewarding documentary that feels like the next stage in the stylistic evolution of Kirsten Johnson. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
2.5/4 19% Ava (2020) If the action and espionage elements were executed at the same level as the dramatic and comedic exchanges and the observations about the types of people drawn to this life, Ava might've been a cult classic. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/4 88% The Nest (2020) As devastating as The Nest often is, the sheer beauty of individual moments is still elating. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 89% Unpregnant (2020) A hybrid of film genres that coexist uneasily at first, but reconcile about halfway through, once the story gathers speed and emotional force. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/4 96% Feels Good Man (2020) Not content to string together talking head interviews, the movie uses art and animation to find a cinematic equivalent for Pepe's evolution from a quirky cartoon animal into a weapon. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.5/4 86% Robin's Wish (2020) Although Robin's Wish is ultimately unwilling or unable to really grapple with the emotions of the people left behind after suicide, it is a compassionate film that will bring information about Williams' condition to a wide audience. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3.5/4 71% Cut Throat City (2020) A film in nonstop conversation with movie history, American history, and itself. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/4 60% Tesla (2020) A film about electricity and light that never fully illuminates its main character. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2.5/4 83% Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) Thoroughly researched and often very insightful -- though with very occasional instances of lascivious smirking. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3.5/4 89% Sputnik (2020) The performances and characterizations add heft, and the very Russian vibe of soulful heaviness sets it apart from its American cousins. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
68% The Sunset Limited (2011) The Sunset Limited is a dog's breakfast of dramaturgy, interspersing brilliant bits with greeting-card wisdom, ostentatious philosophical throat-clearing, and an unseemly strain of self-congratulation. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2.5/4 73% An American Pickle (2020) That the good parts of the movie are so distinctive and the bad parts so forgettable makes the experience more frustrating than watching a movie that's just bad. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) There's ultimately not enough imagination, enough art, in The Girl to justify its having been made. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/4 92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) A gripping and moving story, even though it never quite lives up to its opening section. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
1.5/4 69% Most Wanted (2020) [Hartnett's] unconvincing performance amplifies many of the movie's worst tendencies. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
3.5/4 100% Decade of Fire (2019) The movie is as much a reclamation or restoration project as an expose. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
4/4 91% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Bursting with humanity, grounded in humility, and in love with the poetry of faces, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a classic indie film that will irritate or mystify some viewers while inspiring evangelical fervor in others. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
1.5/4 40% Irresistible (2020) It's not punk enough to make us gasp. And it's not skilled enough to massage its cliches to life. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
2.5/4 94% Dads (2020) Dads is so earnest and likable that you might feel bad for not loving it more. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet A Muse (2020) It's the sort of movie that made me want to write about and make movies 30 years ago-part of a legacy of European art cinema and English language films that were inspired by them, stretching from the 1960s through the '90s and into the present. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/4 95% Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2020) A cartoon that appreciates dogs as dogs, and treats one dog's life with the gravity and compassion we'd want expressed at a memorial service for a human of no importance who meant everything. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) Cinema Verite is smart and often moving, but unsatisfying overall. It compresses seven months of shooting, 3,000 hours of raw footage, and 12 hours' worth of televised story into a little over 90 minutes, losing complexity along the way. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
78% Family Fundamentals (2002) While Family Fundamentals will have special significance for homosexuals and their parents, its emotional honesty echoes beyond cultural niches. - New York Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/4 78% Tommaso (2020) If this film were a person, I would risk my life to save it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/4 92% End of Sentence (2020) Like taking a deep breath of spring air after spending too long inside. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) The film is as smart and sexy as it is extravagantly silly; its silliness is knowing and affectionate. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
3/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) You know most of the beats that The Lovebirds is obligated to hit a long time before it hits them. But it hits them with such confidence, and the stars are so clearly enjoying each other's company. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2.5/4 41% Capone (2020) It's hard not to appreciate the old-school craft involved here, as well as the impulse to build a feature-length film around a historical personage in an intimate and realistic situation. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4/4 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) An impressive example of basic storytelling techniques refined for maximum impact, each element reinforcing and feeding off every other element, as in the enclosed ecosystem that it depicts. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/4 93% Working Man (2020) A good movie with a big heart. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
2/4 78% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Its many curious or self-defeating choices ensure that it ends up feeling like a defense brief for a trial that will never occur in court. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3.5/4 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) This is myth-making, splattered in blood, scored with an electric guitar, and enacted with such brazen bigness that you wouldn't be surprised if the cast assembled for a curtain call at the end. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
1.5/4 8% Bad Therapy (2020) [Bad Therapy] contains so many promising elements that it's a shame that it never figures out how to mold them into a satisfying shape. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
2.5/4 64% Same Boat (2020) An acutely observed comedy about smart, sarcastic, bitter people stumbling into attraction. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2/4 79% Disneynature: Elephant (2020) Elephant is content to stay in a groove as worn as the footpaths linking the pachyderms' watering holes. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
2/4 82% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) [Phoenix, Oregon] never quite figures out how to pass its good vibrations to the audience. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
2/4 68% Human Capital (2020) Damned if Human Capital doesn't undermine and undervalue its actors even when it's giving them rock-solid material to play. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) One of [Malick's] finest films, and one of his most demanding. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
1.5/4 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) A petulant, boastful, and not very noteworthy variation of a story that plenty of films, documentary and fiction, have told before, but with more insight or panache. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/4 97% Midnight Family (2019) One of the great contemporary films about the look and feel of a big city after dark. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/4 98% 63 Up (2019) A melancholy reminder that nothing lasts forever. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
91% King Lear (2018) It's as political a production as it needs to be, and at its best, it feels as current and as timeless as a nightmare. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Another testament to the totality of [Varda's] vision. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) Strong and involving. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) An almost perfectly realized drama that feels as if it was time-warped in from 40 or 50 years ago, when people still wanted to see movies about people living in the actual world. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 94% Klaus (2019) It's a treat to see a modern animated film that isn't afraid of absurd sight gags and bleakly funny lines of dialogue. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) This is far from a perfect movie, but it's passionate, controlled and smart -- a throwback to another era of American cinema, not just American life. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019